Tortoise and Rabbit Again – A Short Story

Tortoise and Rabbit Again - A Short Story
Tortoise and Rabbit Again – A Short Story

Old Elephant, the prime minister enters inside the King’s den.

Old Elephant: Hail the king of all kings.

[King Lion acknowledges the Old Elephant by raising his hand]

I would like to discuss an important matter in private, my dear majesty. [In a serious tone]

King Lion, by judging the seriousness of the Old Elephant’s voice tone, ask him to join him in his private chamber.

King Lion: What happen, Sir? Is anything serious, I mean, someone have attacked us or there is anything else.

Old Elephant: No, My Young Majesty, there is nothing to worry about and no one has attacked us, but I have mine own private issue to discuss.

King Lion: Sir! You can tell me anything. You have served my father since I was not born. You have been always loyal to my father and now you are guiding me on my every step. And it’s not wrong to say, that you are like my father. So your wish is my command.

Overwhelmed by Young King’s words, Old Elephant: Oh! My Young King, you are such generous person like your father and I am here for your service till my last breath but I afraid, I am not to do so.

My Young King, I am old man now, and my days are just numbered. Therefore, I am not good for your service, anymore. I wish to see holy seven hills before I leave this world and vacate this place for some young and efficient blood.

King Lion: I understand your situation, Sir. But without any Prime Minister, how would I able to run this Kingdom. So, either you need to stay here or you need to find a wise and honest person to fill your shoes.

Old Elephant: I accept this challenge, my young majesty.

On next morning, Old Elephant announces the test. And after first three rounds of his tests, Old Elephant selects Rabbit and Tortoise for the final interview.

As everybody, know about the race between Tortoise and Rabbit, so the Old Elephant. That’s why, Tortoise has created a sweet spot in Old Elephant’s heart. So to be fair, he decides to conduct an open interview, so no one can question his decision.

Old Elephant asks Tortoise and Rabbit, same question, Can you win the race if race held for second time?

Rabbit arrogantly answered, Yes! I can. I am sure, I will beat tortoise this time.

On other hand, Tortoise politely replied, No, I can’t. But I will try to win.

And Old Elephant ask both, Why?

Again in arrogant voice, Rabbit: I know, I can win, I will not repeat what I have done last time. I am not fool.

Tortoise: I know my limitations, and that is why I said, no. But I will try to win, because if you don’t try, how can you win.

After listening to both answers, Old Elephant announces Tortoise to be the next Prime Minister.

When Rabbit reasoned him, Old Elephant replied: A person who doesn’t learn from his past mistakes, he is bound to make mistakes again, and a person who knows his strength and not afraid of admitting his weakness, is bound to find success in life.

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  1. Thats a smarter rabbit and tortoise story :).. Much more elegant and this time the tortoise does deserve every front of it 🙂


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